The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework

Promoting Positive Outcomes in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children 3–5 Years Old


26 pages, December 2010. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Head Start, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20024. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/

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This report is a revision of the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework, now called the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. The changes to the revised Framework are designed to provide more clarity to the domains and domain elements of the original Framework and do not create new requirements for Head Start grantees.

The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework provides Head Start and other early childhood programs with a description of the developmental building blocks that are most important for a child’s school and long-term success. Head Start children, 3 to 5 years old, are expected to progress in all the areas of child development and early learning outlined by the Framework. Head Start programs also are expected to develop and implement a program that ensures such progress is made. The Framework is not appropriate for programs serving infants and toddlers.

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